Cooperation with China crucial to protect rare Mekong River dolphins in Cambodia: official

PHNOM PENH, July 15 (Xinhua) — The ongoing cooperation with China is essential to help protect critically endangered Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia, a senior official said on Thursday.

Phay Somany, deputy director of the Fisheries Conservation Department at the Fisheries Administration of Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said the kingdom is willing to learn experience from China’s conservation of the Yangtze finless porpoise.

He said Cambodia has been working closely with the Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Freshwater Fisheries Research Center (FFRC) of the Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences to research and protect the Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins in the country.

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